A season premier? No.
A ‘B-Side’ episode (with the classification of episode 0)? Yes!
Welcome back to the party fans with the beginnings of Season 8. Start your popcorn poppin’ and grab your calendar because with a line up of episodes being released every week, you won’t want to miss out on the fun.
To kick start the adventure into overdrive we have sparks flying and tempers rising as Ryku tricks Minotaur into believing insects are ‘Pokémon’, helping him journey their broad suburban street to “Collect em’ all!” in this new ‘B-side’ series called “Pokékon (ポケット昆虫)”.
Begin With A Lie
In a mysterious garden, hidden far away from sight, sat a small boy with a jar, a net and a bag, collecting small bugs…
Ryku – *squatting behind a bush patiently* Come out little insects. *raises jar above head* Come on…
*a small shiny red beetle quietly scuttles out of hiding from a bush*
Ryku – That’s the way. Almost have you. *concentrating very hard; tongue between teeth, eyes fixed still, droplet of sweat forms on face* Just a little closer…*holds jar above beetle* You’re mine!
Minotaur – What ya’ doing Ryku?
Ryku – *startled backwards, drops jar in panic, beetle goes back into hiding* Mino?! What are you doing here? D:
Kyan – Uh, this is Minotaur’s backyard. *notices equipment* Are you collecting bugs, again? *chuckles*
Ryku – They’re for my collection.
Minotaur – *chuckles* Are you going to, “Collect em’ all”?
*Minotaur and Kyan roll on floor laughing*
Ryku – *stares intently at them* What if I told you that I am? What if I told you I’ve been walking backwards and forwards through this low grass for hours trying find every bug in this region? *raises jar in air* To “Collect em’ all.”
*Minotaur and Kyan look at each other, burst out laughing, then look bleakly at Ryku*
Kyan – I’d say you’re wacko.
*Minotaur and Kyan turn away and walk*
Ryku – *thinks, smiles an almost evil smile* What if I said these insects were: “Pokemon”…
Minotaur – *turns around, eyes wide* R-r-real Pokemon?
Ryku – As real as you and I. An entirely new generation.
Minotaur – *eyes sparkle, mouth opens in awe, drools*
Kyan – *rolls eyes* Mino, he’s just lying to make you collect bugs with-
Minotaur – *smacks Kyan in mouth* Where do I get my starting Pokemon?
Ryku – Your starting Pokemon? Oh, uh yes, your starting Pokemon. Well, first we have to see Professor Zey.
Minotaur – *squeals wildly, hands shaking* Of course we do!
Ryku – *creeped out by Mino’s overreaction, wipes drool from Mino’s mouth* Yeah…now, go run along in the short grass while I talk to our “rival” Kyan.
Minotaur – *confused* But what happens if a wild Pokemon attacks? I don’t have my own Pokemon to protect me.
Ryku – *face-palm* Trust me, you’ll be fine.
Minotaur – Okay, boss. *prances off into the bushes*
Kyan – *death-stares Ryku* He’s going to kill you when he finds out there are no real Pokemon.
Wild BEETLE Appeared
Minotaur – *running around widely, diving in and out of the grass* Lalala!
[Wild BEETLE appeared! Wild BEETLE used BITE]
Minotaur – Rawr! Ow, owie. Something bit me, something bit me! *looking around frantically*
[MINOTAUR is confused! It hurt itself in its confusion]
Ryku – *gulp* Well, I won’t let that happen. *looks down at Kyan, smiles* And since we beat you in battle…*jumps on Kyan and steals his money, then walks off to Minotaur* Hey Mino, guess what? We just got $230.
Minotaur – *raises fist through grass* Woohoo! Pokeballs for us tonight!
Kyan – *grumbles to himself*
*Minotaur and Ryku prance towards the house*
Ryku – Is it necessary for us to hold hands? *goes to pull away*
Minotaur – *growls at Ryku*
Ryku – Okay, okay. *shudders, continues holding hands*
*the pair awkwardly prance through the yard*
Minotaur – How does the name Percy, sound?
Ryku – What?
Minotaur – Mmm…or maybe Hades? What about Achilles? Oh! or maybe Cronos? Oh, I like Cronos.
Ryku – I honestly have no-
Minotaur – It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
Ryku – *confused, stares blankly, approaches house* Oh, look at that we’re here. *pulls away hand, opens door* Professor Zey? Zey? *agitated* ZEY get out here now!
Zey – *other room, sitting on couch, sigh* What do you want Ryku?
Ryku – *smiling nervously at Minotaur* I would like, “Professor Zey”, to come out here and see us… Now!
Zey – Sorry. Can’t. I’m waxing Whaley. *cradling Whaley in his arms, rubs nose on Whaley’s head*
Ryku – *nervously laughs, tries to force a smile, hurries into room*
Minotaur – *quietly pops up behind couch* Hiya gramps! My name is “CRONOS”. I’m a boy. *wink, smiles* OMG! Is that a Wailmer?
Zey – *creeped out, holds Whaley tightly* What are you doing?
Ryku – We’re here to get our starting Pokemon, remember? *winks furiously*
Zey – *utter confusion* Your what… o_o
Ryku – *winks after every word* We – are here – to get – our – Pokemon, gramps.
Minotaur – *crows loudly* OUR POKEMON! OUR POKEMON! OUR POKEMON!
Ryku – *quietly chucks 3 jars, each with an insect inside, at Zey*
Zey – *mouths the words “WTF? Are you serious?”*
Ryku – *mouths the words “Pretend? Please?”, puppy dog eyes*
Zey – *shakes head, mouths the words “The things I do for you”, looks up at Minotaur, awkwardly smiles* Oh! Uh yes, you’re – Pokemon – are right here Minot-
Minotaur – Cronos!
Zey – Cronos. *Zey holds up the 3 jars containing a butterfly, a beetle, and a grasshopper*
Minotaur – *pauses* I’ll take…the FIRE type. *smiles*
Zey – *stares blankly at Minotaur, looks up at Ryku* Um..? *slowly grabs the beetle, gives to Minotaur*
Minotaur – *excitedly snatches, squishes face against jar* I’m going to nickname you: BUGGY and love you forever and ever!
BUGGY – *freaks out from the large hideous face pressed up against his jar*
Zey – *mumbles to self* How ’bout you call it “Concrete” and teach it ‘HARDEN’.
Minotaur – *furious, presses face against Zey’s face* Because, gramps…we have younger viewers reading this episode. You sick freak! *storms out of room, shouts* And how dare you forget my name!
Ryku – *face-palms, awkwardly smiles at Zey*
Zey – *death-stares Ryku* He’s going to kill you when he finds out there are no real Pokemon.
Ryku – Uh! I’m not going to let that happen! Now, give me my Pok- my Insects back.
Zey – *smiles* Which one would you like? WATER or GRASS? Personally, I would recommend the WATER type to begin with as it’s a lot easier to-
Ryku – *snatches both jars, follows Minotaur out*
Zey – *laughs hysterically*
And so, the unlikely duo, with no goals, no morals, and no clear sense of direction, head out to start their journey towards an unknown end.
*back inside house, a mysterious hooded figure approaches Zey*
Whaley – *whimpering*
Zey – *strokes Whaley* What’s wrong boy? Do you need me to help you go to the toilet again?
Hooded Figure – *raspy voice* Professor Zey?
Zey – *nervously looks up* Yes?
Hooded Figure – I need your help to cre-
Zey – Oh hey Kyan! What ya’ doing wearing that for?
Kyan – *face palms, removes hood* Uh, don’t worry. As I was saying; I need your help to create something for me.
Zey – Like what?
Kyan – *evil smile* Something…legendary.
*thunder cracks, lightning flashes, darkness*